Colorado Brewers Must Apply for Tap Room
Colorado Craft Brewers: Keep in mind that Colorado Brewers and Colorado Beer Wholesalers operating a beer sales room or “tap room” must submit an Application for Colorado Liquor Sales Room (LINK UPDATED 3/31/20117). It is one more step in the process of becoming a Colorado Brewery, but a necessary step.
The application is to be submitted to the local licensing authority. Per the Colorado Liquor Enforcement Division (LED): A Colorado Brewer’s application for a Sales Room (“tap room”) will be granted unless any of the following conditions apply:
- Issuance of the permit would impact traffic, noise, or other neighborhood concerns in a manner that is inconsistent with local regulations or ordinances;
- If granted the permit would result in violations of the Colorado liquor code or the laws of the local government;
- Issuance of this permit would violate local zoning laws.
Generally speaking, this process should be a formality, but with the growing number of neighborhood breweries with busy “tap rooms”, it is a way for local licensing authorities to have a say in how Colorado breweries operate in their cities and counties.
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Updated March 2017.